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Earthquakes and possible eruption site August 27, 2014

Possible Eruption under Bárðarbunga

The Icelandic Civil Protection Department issued a statement at 11 pm explaining that as of yet there is no sign of an eruption on the surface. However, the center at Skógarhlíð in Reykjavík will be on active duty during the night. Víðir Reynisson, the department's director, said that an...

Eyjafjallajökull 2010

Scientists: Eruption Still Possible

Scientists of the Icelandic Met Office and University of Iceland, Institute of Earth Sciences, have evaluated the current status at Bárðarbunga and have concluded the following: there are no indications that the intensity of the activity is declining.

Map showing center of earthquakes

Will the Magma Flow North to Askja Volcano?

Volcanologist Haraldur Sigurðsson claims that it is possible that the underground magma from Bárðarbunga may seep into the volcanic system of Askja volcano and ignite a powerful eruption in that region. Still, he thinks it is more likely that the current activity will not lead to any activity...

The Icelandic Met Office setting up measurement equipment in the area near Bárðarbunga.

Latest on Bárðarbunga Volcano

Scientists from the Icelandic Met Office, Institute of Earth Sciences and representatives of the Civil Protection Department attended a meeting at 10 am this morning. The following information was presented at the meeting.

Looking over Jökulsárgljúfur through a cave.

No Eruption, Jökulsá Still Quiet, Alert Phase Lowered

The alert phase for flights over Bárðarbunga volcano in the northwestern Vatnajökull glacier has been lowered from red to orange. It has been confirmed that there was no volcanic eruption in Dyngjujökull outlet glacier yesterday. The water flow in glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which is...

Emergency Phase to Stay in Effect, Reevaluated Tomorrow

The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police in collaboration with the District Commissioners of Police in Húsavík and Seyðisfjörður has decided that the emergency phase will stay in effect. The decision will be evaluated at noon tomorrow, 24 August.

Construction of a barrier to protect the bridge over Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Barrier in Case of Flood under Construction

Work has begun on constructing a barrier to protect the foundations of the bridge over Jökulsá á Fjöllum to Öxarfjörður, Northeast Iceland, to prevent it from being washed away should a large flood occur.

Jökulsá á Fjöllum bridge

To Flood or Not to Flood?

In the wake of the start of the eruption of Bárðarbunga at the Dyngjujökull glacier, scientists are continuing to consider the possible effects of the event. One of the biggest topics of discussion has been the possibility of the flooding of the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum.

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